Without the right help and support, the role of a carer can have a serious impact on physical and emotional health, work and finances.
As part of the national awareness campaign Carers Week, David Simpson MP has pledged his support to carers across Upper Bann.
The campaign runs from Monday June 9 to Sunday June 15.
One in eight adults are carers, but the very nature of caring - of being there for a loved one facing ill health or disability - means too often people don’t identify themselves as carers and, therefore, miss out on support. As the population ages, the number of carers is rising fast.
Carers Week Quest 2014 is calling on individuals and organisations across the UK - including community groups, GPs, health and social care professionals and employers - to connect with families in their local communities who are providing care.
To show their support for local carers, David Simpson MP met with the Carers Week supporter charities in Parliament – including Carers UK, Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, MS Society and Parkinson’s UK.
Local MP, David Simpson, said: “Carers make a hugely valuable contribution to society and they need support to carry on the work they do. Without carers the UK would face a £119 billion care bill. That is why I am supporting this campaign to reach out to carers and help ensure they don’t miss out on support.”
A spokesperson for Carers Week said: “By individuals and organisations working together, we have a huge opportunity to help thousands of carers and get them support which can mean the difference between coping and crisis”.